There's a cable on fire: Red Line sitch grows dire

Maybe the MBTA needs a summer-resiliency program: Around 3:50 p.m., Boston firefighters responded to Broadway station because a power cable burst into flames just past the station on the inbound side. That was good for "severe" delays on the Red Line. The fire was quickly doused, but service was held for firefighters to check things out.

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I feel like not one day can

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I feel like not one day can go by without some kind of delay on the Red Line. I'm sure it's happening on other lines too, and I don't see it because I'm not subscribed to those text updates.

I've already written my representatives. What else can we do? The service keeps getting worse and worse, and the pricing will only go up. Surely someone must realize how poorly the T currently reflects on our city.

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There's nothing you can do

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There's nothing you can do except find the money to pay for upgrades. Which eventually means higher taxes and/or higher fares. Don't forget the some parts of the T are decades+ old

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Exact same situation with the MTA in NY

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The daily severe delays, etc. mirrors the MBTA. Some of the signal system in NY is 75-100 years old. Infrastructure is failing due to maintenance deferred, $for flashy projects, for making the whole system ADA compliant (VERY expensive. Wollaston red line stop will be closed soon for TWO YEARS basically to make it ADA compliant. The $ is there for that, not for necessary system maintenance and upgrades.

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Two words

Court orders.

Damn shame...we had enough money to build out the system and now we can't bring it into the 21 century.

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ADA compliance is also necessary

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Right now, those with disabilities are prevented from using much of our public transit system. It's not just people in wheelchairs or on crutches - those of us with bad arthritis or COPD or bad hearts or balance problems or ... are unable to climb stairs on a regular basis. Not to mention people with strollers or carts.

And remember that you might need that ADA compliance your scoff at if you break your leg skiing or are in a car accident or get sick with an illness that affects your ability to manage stairs. Being disabled is a category everyone can find themselves in unexpectedly.

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Yup

Let's not forget that had the T not deferred on building elevators when last renovating or building the station, there wouldn't be the need to retrofit.

When it comes to public works the longer they defer, the more expensive it becomes.

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Not that much of the transit

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Not that much of the transit system, due to large investments in accessibility over the last 30 years. The entire Red, Orange, and Blue Lines are accessible, except for Wollaston.

The entire bus fleet is accessible.

All Green Line subway stations are accessbile except Boylston, Hynes, and Symphony.

Some Green Line surface stations are not wheelchair-accessible, but they just require one step up into the vehicle.

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This is about...

...the twelveteenth MBTA breakdown story on UH today. You're right. The system is ancient. The infrastructure (bridges, ROW, stuff like that) is there, but rails, switches, signalling...all needs replacement or massive upheaval.
Big bucks.

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Unfortunately, our

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Unfortunately, our representatives are not the ones in WMass who resent the T's existence.

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T for Tourists

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Wait till the thousands of tourists try to take the subway to the tall ships this weekend. Charlie Baker should try riding the Dred line to the waterfront this weekend

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No incentive to fix the problem

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As we all know fixing public transit would cost billions of dollars. Problem 2 is it takes a really long time to fix. If Charlie Baker did for some reason decide to put the states full resources behind fixing the T, the problem still wouldn't be fixed until he was out of office. Therefore sitting governors have little incentive to fix the problem, since they most likely wouldn't get credit for it once completed. There are plenty of other pet projects that provide instant reward and gratification for pols.

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MBTA

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Love the T -- and the MTA -- but the costs for just keeping pace are rising geometrically. As others has observed. ... Maybe if, say, Iowa was sold to China -- along with a few National Parks -- there could be $$ to build all those new train tunnels around Penn Station .....
with enough left over to upgrade the T! ...

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